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What Open Government Hides

Treasury Board President Tony Clement unveiled the latest version of his Open Government Action Plan last month, continuing a process that has seen some important initiatives to make government data such as statistical information and mapping data publicly available in open formats free from restrictive licenses.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes there is much to like about Canada’s open government efforts, which have centred on three pillars: open data, open information, and open dialogue. Given the promise of “greater transparency and accountability, increased citizen engagement, and driving innovation and economic opportunity”, few would criticize the aspirational goals of Canada’s open government efforts. Yet scratch the below the surface of new open data sets and public consultations and it becomes apparent that there is much that open government hides.

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December 1, 2014 8 comments Columns

Waiting for Access

Wesley Wark on the "badly broken" state of access to information in Canada.

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June 26, 2008 2 comments News

Bloc Private Members Bill Calls for Public Register of Access Requests

Bloc MP Carole Lavalee has introduced a private members bill that would require every government institution to maintain a public register of every record disclosed in response to an Access to Information Act request.

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June 3, 2008 Comments are Disabled News

Conservatives Kill ATIP Database

The CBC is reporting that the Conservative government has quietly killed the CAIRS database, an invaluable source of information that listed virtually all ATIP requests.  The database was an essential research tool for more open government and the decision will have an exceptionally damaging effect on government accountability and transparency.

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May 2, 2008 15 comments News

B.C. Government Uses Copyright To Block Access to Information

The Vancouver Sun reports on how the B.C. government is using crown copyright to constrain the publication of documents released under freedom of information legislation.

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April 7, 2008 2 comments News